Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security extended the deadline for the REAL ID from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021.
We get it. It’s tax season. And you can really only procrastinate one, big, government-required project at a time.
But we’re coming up on the six-month countdown to the federally mandated cutoff point to obtain a REAL ID if you want to fly domestically. And painful as going to the DMV is, much like taxes, cleaning your bathroom, and having lunch with old, ranty relatives, sometimes you just have to cowboy up and grit through it.
Because as of October 1, 2020, you will not, under any circumstance, be able to board a domestic flight if you haven’t gotten a snazzy new REAL ID. Period, final, no discussion. The federal government has literally given you YEARS to get this done, and if you can’t make it out in the next six-plus months to get it done, then nobody will have any sympathy for you.